Diversity of long horned beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) pests in southern Kerala.
Roving surveys were conducted during 2015-16 in three districts of Kerala, India viz., Thiruvananthapuram, Kollamand Pathanamthitta, to document cerambycid borers from homesteads. Sixteen species of cerambycidborers belonging to three subfamilies, viz., lamiinae and cerambycinae and prioninae were found to occur in the surveyed locations. The major species recorded were Cerosterna scabratrix (F.), Olenocamptus bilobus (F.), Pterolophia sp. Indet, Apomecyna sp. Indet, Nupserha dubia Gahan, Celosterna scabrator (F), Aeolesthes holosericea (F),Macrochenus isabellinus Aurivillus, Epipeotes uncinatus Gahan, Stromatium barbatum (F), Glenea multiguttata Guerin. Meneville, Nupserha sp., Batocera rufomaculata (Deeger), Batocera rubus (Linee), Ceresium sp., Acanthophorus sp. Among these, Nupserha dubia, Epipeotes uncinates and Glenea multiguttata, were first report from Kerala. Batocera rufomaculata (F.) was found infest, Moringa oleifera besides mango and jack trees. Acanthophorus sp. of subfamily prioninae was found to cause serious damage to Jatropha plant.